Building Capacity Releases Annual Reports
Building Capacity has released two reports describing activities and accomplishments during Year 3 of the grant. The first report is for the general public and provides summaries of the major events of the year, including release of the California Healthy Kids Survey data, being honored at a San Diego Padres game and progress on state and national policies that would benefit military students. The second report is the data-centered technical evaluation, which provides a detailed research analysis of the CHKS results and assessments of the many components of the project, including the internships and various programs implemented in the schools to benefit military students.
Mental Health ResourcesThe recently released study by researchers at USC is drawing attention to mental health needs of both military and nonmilitary adolescents. New and existing resources are available to help families and educators recognize the signs that a young person is experiencing depression or thinking about suicide. Click here to read our November newsletter, which provides links to these programs.
Apps on our phones and tablets are meant to make life easier and point us to the services and providers who can meet our needs. There’s no reason why such innovation can’t also simplify and improve the stressful process that military children and their parents face every time they enroll in a new school. That’s the idea behind a new four-year, $5 million consortium grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) to the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD), in partnership with the USC School of Social Work and four other military-connected school districts in San Diego and Riverside counties—Bonsall Union School District, Fallbrook Union High School District, Oceanside Unified School District and Temecula Valley Unified School District. USC and CVESD will jointly administer the grant for the five school districts in the consortium. Just as Yelp directs us to nearby restaurants and PowerSchool gives parents real-time updates on their children's grades and homework assignments, new apps developed as part of the grant will streamline the way families complete enrollment forms, find tutoring programs, sign up for extra-curricular or after-school programs, learn about community-based resources and stay in touch with key district contacts who can answer additional questions. These tools will help educators connect new families to the school community. Click here to read the full story.
Welcoming Transitions for Military Students Experiencing Multiple Moves: With a New Partnership Consortium Grant, There Will Be an App for That
Building Capacity in Action
Schools are using a variety of practices to support military-connected students and their families. The videos below are educating public schools on promising strategies and programs that support military-connected students. The videos were created as part of a joint collaborative effort between Building Capacity, the Consortium of eight military-connected school districts and Command Media, a wounded warrior organization. These three-to-five minute videos encourage other schools to implement programs that assist military families through transitions, deployments and other challenges.
We have included the following videos addressing the various topics that are important to military families. Click on the title of each video to find out more and view the full video gallery here.
|Children of the Deployed||Connection Corners-Dewey
|San Onofre-Valentine's Day
|Jefferson: Recognizing the Military Student
|Temecula Military Appreciation Day Celebration|
|Partners at Learning (PAL)
|Families OverComing Under Stress
Free Resource Guides Now Available
For a limited time only, our four resource guides on supporting military children in public schools are now available for free from Teachers College Press at Columbia University. Each guide is based on research and written specifically for teachers, school administrators, pupil personnel, and parents. The books have been endorsed by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Military Child Education Coalition and leading experts in education, social work, and psychology. Each guide can be used as a text in university and school district training programs and outlines how school professionals and parents can create a supportive school setting that helps military children thrive.
The books focus on practical strategies that can be implemented to make students feel welcome and connected. Educators, school districts, universities, and school liaison officers are already using many of the strategies highlighted to create supportive school settings for military children.
Follow this link to view ordering information for all four guides. For a detailed description of each guide, follow this link.
Building Capacity is a partnership between eight military-connected school districts and USC. Funded by a grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), the project is creating sustainable and replicable infrastructures for data-driven models of responsive and supportive schools. Staff, students, and parents are being empowered to use evidence to improve school climate for military students.